The Fell Committee aims to strengthen support for major interdisciplinary research initiatives at the University by prioritising projects that build strategic collaborations between academic divisions.
Cross-divisional projects must meet two criteria: academics from more than one division are involved and all the divisions involved must consider the project strategy. If a project is indeed cross-divisional, its chances of being funded are slightly higher than for non cross-divisional proposals. Projects which involve collaboration between co-applicants in different divisions but are not considered to be strategically important by all divisions involved would normally not be considered ‘cross-divisional’.
If you are planning to submit a proposal that could be considered cross-divisional as per the paragraph above, please approach the division well in advance of the application submission deadline so that we can advise you as to how to proceed.
For main award applications (more than £10,000), you must hold a post that includes responsibility for developing your own research agenda (for example, Associate Professor, Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Fellowship awarded competitively). If you do not hold such a post but your department would support a research funding application to an external body in your name as principal investigator, then you will normally be eligible to apply for Fell Fund main award funding. However, a letter from your Head of Department must be attached to your application explaining why holding the Fell award is consistent with your work/duties, and confirming it is not in conflict with any requirements from external funders that may be paying for your salary/part of your salary.
For small award applications (up to £10,000), the same rules apply as for main awards except that the committee will also consider applications from an early career researcher employed by the collegiate University who aspires to a post that would enable them to develop their own research agenda but does not yet hold such a post, provided that the applicant has the support of their line manager. The line manager should supply a statement of support including confirmation that holding the John Fell award would be consistent with the applicant’s work and duties, as well as with any commitments with external funders that may be paying for the applicant’s salary/part of their salary.